2002 Inductees

Ron Cuzner

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Ron Cuzner wasn’t a performer, yet was still among the most important ambassadors for jazz music in Wisconsin.

Cuzner was a legendary voice on Milwaukee radio and was considered by many fans to be among the best jazz DJs of all time.

Cuzner was a regular on the airwaves since 1968. He is best known as the host of “The Dark Side,” which ran on Saturday nights on WMFR between 1975 and 2002. The overnight time slot of midnight to 5 a.m. didn’t stop Cuzner from developing a strong following. His unique style, deep knowledge and straight ahead jazz picks made him a must-listen among aficionados of the genre. His slow, steady meticulous delivery and expert music selections also earned new fans to jazz.

Beyond his show, he served as an emcee at high-profile jazz concerts and ran a small jazz record store downtown.

Cuzner passed away in 2003. Though many years have passed since his voice has come across the airwaves, his legacy continues on. Episodes of “The Dark Side” have gained new life as a popular jazz podcast.